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User currently offlineRunway23 From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Jan 2005, 2182 posts, RR: 36
Posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3204 times:

I am doing my final university thesis on which factors influence airline choice and the role of frequent flyer programmes.

I would be most grateful if people could fill in the following survey, which takes less than 3 minutes to complete. Thank you for your help!!

http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/?p=WEB228HK38FMVG

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User currently offlineEnginebird From United States of America, joined May 2007, 341 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3150 times:

I did complete the survey but found some of the available choices insufficient and some questions could have been more precise.

Good luck with your thesis.


User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7760 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3115 times:

This will probably get moved over to non-av in a bit.

I did the survey and wish you luck on your project. Just want to toss out a few ideas for you to consider when you write this up. You will need to deal with the fact that the majority of your sample is being drawn from aviation enthusiasts. It is going to be a skewed sample for sure. If you haven't I'd see if there is a good place to post this over on FlyerTalk... that might be a better group to survey. Also be prepared for the chance that even after gathering all this data you don't get any useful results.

Good luck.



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User currently offlineSimairlinenet From United States of America, joined Oct 2005, 911 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3077 times:

Agreed with DesertJets. For example, I'm an airline employee and always non-rev. Therefore, my choice of airline is usually pretty simple--my own.

User currently offlineRampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3108 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 3049 times:



Quoting Simairlinenet (Reply 3):
Agreed with DesertJets. For example, I'm an airline employee and always non-rev. Therefore, my choice of airline is usually pretty simple--my own.

I agree as well. Granted, this might not be the only place you are seeking responses. For that reason, I think it would be important for you to include a little demographic information, such as a broad employment category, or even aviation or non-aviation at the minimum. Wage categories might be revealing. Gender. You should try to edit your survey to include those variables.

And I'm guessing this is all kosher with your university ethics board?  Smile

-Rampart


User currently offlinePGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 2821 posts, RR: 45
Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3026 times:

Good luck. I specifically avoided using a survey for my first Master's degree due to some of the limitations others have discussed. I watched a colleague do her thesis with a complex survey (she used surveymonkey.com) and she nearly pulled her hair out by the time it was over.

Your survey will not remotely yield a random sample, but you will probably discover interesting patterns in the data nonetheless. Although I work for an airline, I am a FF on a different airline and buy tickets on them often (I live in their largest domestic hub); I answered the survey only for the program that I actually buy tickets on, with no non-revenue experiences considered.


User currently offlineRunway24R From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3000 times:

I've answered the survey too. I thought it was generally a good survey, but like others have mentioned, the results will be skewed due to this being an enthusiasts website - assuming you only have it on this website.

Best of luck with the thesis.  Smile

Runway24R



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User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 3860 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2851 times:

No problem... will do in a min!

Good luck... I'm going to be using A.net for my Dissertation this year (Travel-time practices at Airports and In the Air)


User currently offlineWildcatYXU From Canada, joined May 2006, 2598 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2827 times:

Done.

Good luck!


User currently offlineRunway23 From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Jan 2005, 2182 posts, RR: 36
Reply 9, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2817 times:

Wow, thanks everyone for replying, the responses have been good - keep them coming!

Quoting Enginebird (Reply 1):
I did complete the survey but found some of the available choices insufficient and some questions could have been more precise.

That was obviously a possibility, although I decided to make it shorter and less complex with the hope that more people complete the survey in a more accurate manner.

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 2):
Just want to toss out a few ideas for you to consider when you write this up. You will need to deal with the fact that the majority of your sample is being drawn from aviation enthusiasts.

This is the first sample group I am using. I'm aiming to have a number of sample groups which themselves will statistically balance themselves out. The advantage of a.net is that the audience knows what the topic is about. Likewise, there are already visible skews with the data (which I will be sharing with everyone here later on).

Quoting Simairlinenet (Reply 3):
For example, I'm an airline employee and always non-rev. Therefore, my choice of airline is usually pretty simple--my own.

That's an appreciable fact, although the purpose of my thesis is to examine how frequent flyer programmes have an effect on consumers in two markets. By being non-rev you're obviously going to chose your airline - which isn't the case for your typical consummer.

Quoting PGNCS (Reply 5):
Good luck. I specifically avoided using a survey for my first Master's degree due to some of the limitations others have discussed. I watched a colleague do her thesis with a complex survey (she used surveymonkey.com) and she nearly pulled her hair out by the time it was over.

I've actually been forced by my supervisor to do a survey, primary research yields better grades normally. We'll see if I'm pulling my hair out by the end, I'm expecting I will be  Wink


User currently offlineSInGAPORE_AIR From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13738 posts, RR: 19
Reply 10, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2796 times:

I had to do primary research for my dissertation so I can definitely empathise and offer any help I can.

I'll do your survey now  Smile



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User currently offlineAndrej From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 925 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2788 times:

Done and good luck!

I did two thesis in two years, so I know that it can be challenging at times. But it feels great to be done and pass the course!

cheers,
Andrej


User currently offlineMasseyBrown From United States of America, joined Dec 2002, 5369 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2755 times:



Quoting Runway23 (Thread starter):

I do admire your continuing pursuit of learning, considering your age and location.



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User currently offlineRunway23 From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Jan 2005, 2182 posts, RR: 36
Reply 13, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2743 times:



Quoting MasseyBrown (Reply 12):
I do admire your continuing pursuit of learning, considering your age and location.

 Wink I'm not quite as old and my location isn't quite as remote as one may think  Wink


User currently offlineRunway23 From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Jan 2005, 2182 posts, RR: 36
Reply 14, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2488 times:

Those of you who have already responded can view the results by clicking once again on the link shown on the first page - this wasn't available yesterday. The survey is still live, so results are changing often...

As you can see there are a few a.net biases right now, although that should be sorted out in a few days.

Please continue to respond  Smile  Smile And thanks to those who already have.


User currently offlineRonerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 15, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2475 times:

Just filled the survey out.

Interestingly, i did a similar topic for my MBA graduate research project at Embry-Riddle  Smile

It was about the worth of frequent flyer programs to their subscribers.  Smile

Best of luck in your studies!


Regards,
Roni



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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7760 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2468 times:



Quoting Runway23 (Reply 9):
This is the first sample group I am using. I'm aiming to have a number of sample groups which themselves will statistically balance themselves out. The advantage of a.net is that the audience knows what the topic is about. Likewise, there are already visible skews with the data (which I will be sharing with everyone here later on).

That's good. If anything I would consider this group to be a trial for your survey to see if it works. The biggest problem I see thus far is your sample is disproportionately young. Obviously w/ multiple samples you'll work that out.


how are you going to go about analyzing these results? I am presuming a correlation/regression analysis is in order based on the type of data you have.



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User currently offlineAstockla From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 2437 times:

Done!

I wish I had a forum such as this to get help with my survey (but its on aquiring start up Capital in Germany!).

Good luck with your studies!



above us is only sky
User currently offlineMCOflyer From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 8664 posts, RR: 15
Reply 18, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2405 times:

Done, would have helped if they had so0mething like; if your not in a frq flier program skip these questions.

Hunter



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User currently offlineRampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3108 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 2370 times:

What prevents me from duplicating my responses by submitting the survey more than once? That's one pitfall that bothers me about online surveys without password access.

Just being devil's advocate here.

-Rampart


User currently offlineAstockla From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2358 times:



Quoting Rampart (Reply 19):
What prevents me from duplicating my responses by submitting the survey more than once? That's one pitfall that bothers me about online surveys without password access.

Just being devil's advocate here.

-Rampart

If you use surveymonkey - it stops IP addresses from entering more than one answer



above us is only sky
User currently offlineRampart From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 3108 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 2341 times:



Quoting Astockla (Reply 20):
If you use surveymonkey - it stops IP addresses from entering more than one answer

Yes, but not from different computers. Remote chance for this case, but an overzealous survey taker could use multiple computers. (Which is why I never believed the AOL president surveys.) At any rate, any chance for falsifying or intentionally influencing the data beyond the researcher's control would be seen as a major flaw if it came to reporting the results, and particularly more so in a limited sample size.

I don't want to give an impression that I am against Runway23 from Pitcairn (!). Go for it, it sounds like an excellent questions and project. But, it's part of my real life job to assess research efforts. So, while not wanting to be annoying, I'm just presenting the issues that might come up.

-Rampart


User currently offlineRunway23 From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Jan 2005, 2182 posts, RR: 36
Reply 22, posted (5 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 2283 times:



Quoting Ronerone (Reply 15):
Just filled the survey out.

Interestingly, i did a similar topic for my MBA graduate research project at Embry-Riddle

It was about the worth of frequent flyer programs to their subscribers.

Thanks  Smile Good to know I'm not the only one doing research in this area (not that I thought I was)...

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 16):
That's good. If anything I would consider this group to be a trial for your survey to see if it works. The biggest problem I see thus far is your sample is disproportionately young. Obviously w/ multiple samples you'll work that out.

It is somewhat smoothing out right now, which is a step in the right direction.

Quoting DesertJets (Reply 16):
how are you going to go about analyzing these results? I am presuming a correlation/regression analysis is in order based on the type of data you have.

Most likely stick it into SAS Enterpriseminer or Weka and let some data mining do the job. I've done similar studies last year, although remembering how to operate the software a year later should be fun.

Quoting MCOflyer (Reply 18):
Done, would have helped if they had so0mething like; if your not in a frq flier program skip these questions.

Unfortunately I didn't find how to do that in zoomerang's layout. I would have gladly put it in though.

Quoting Astockla (Reply 20):
Quoting Rampart (Reply 19):
What prevents me from duplicating my responses by submitting the survey more than once? That's one pitfall that bothers me about online surveys without password access.

Just being devil's advocate here.

-Rampart

If you use surveymonkey - it stops IP addresses from entering more than one answer

Likewise, this survey is set-up to only allow one response per IP.

Quoting Rampart (Reply 21):
Yes, but not from different computers. Remote chance for this case, but an overzealous survey taker could use multiple computers. (Which is why I never believed the AOL president surveys.) At any rate, any chance for falsifying or intentionally influencing the data beyond the researcher's control would be seen as a major flaw if it came to reporting the results, and particularly more so in a limited sample size.

There's a risk in any system obviously. You have to recognize that there are limitations to any system anywhere and that surveys are not always reflective of the reality. Can someone go onto multiple PCs? Yes, although I doubt anyone will try to do this on this survey.


User currently offlineUta_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 23, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2092 times:

Now you need to find a way to even out the Annette and FT skews, heheheheheheh.

UTA  checkeredflag 



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User currently offlineRunway23 From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Jan 2005, 2182 posts, RR: 36
Reply 24, posted (5 years 8 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1881 times:



Quoting Uta_flyinghigh (Reply 23):
Now you need to find a way to even out the Annette and FT skews, heheheheheheh.

Thanks for the suggestion. I have passed the survey on to some other random people which helps negate some skew.


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